Exactly forty years ago, in September 1976, the Wrentit, then known as the “Bulletin of the Pasadena Audubon Society” highlighted the beginning of a new leader. He had come to Southern California in early childhood and, intending to be a naturalist, obtained a degree in Zoology at a local University. He had a strong interest in general field biology and especially in the ecology and distribution of southwestern amphibians and reptiles. Most recently he had worked for five years as a biologist at the Whittier Narrows Nature Center.

As he took office he had mixed feelings of anticipation and uncertainty but looked forward to getting to work. In his initial message he expressed the difficulties but importance of Audubon in dealing with conservation issues. The contribution of Audubon members in providing bird lists to various agencies to be included on Environmental Impact Reports was highlighted. In particular, the relation of loss of habitat to the decline of wildlife populations was highlighted.

Forty years later, we are fortunate to have then-President Mickey Long once again on our Pasadena Audubon Board.

The Conservation issues of the day included the proposed building of two dams in the San Rafael Hills northwest of the Rose Bowl and a proposed Nuclear Power facility in the desert near Blythe.

A total of three Field Trips were planned over the following three months to the lakes at Whittier Narrows, to Malibu Lagoon and Upper Newport Bay.

Members were invited to visit the Pasadena Audubon library housed at Eaton Canyon and to participate in the Magpie Study Group which met in various homes.

The Wrentit was mailed that month to our 905 National Members.